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A mysterious death, an antique box, and a missing girl. A cozy mystery from #1 Bestselling author Danielle Collins Henrietta Hewitt runs an antique store in Hearts Grove, Washington. In the process of collecting antiques, she comes across countless unusual items, many with a story. Some with secrets. When a missing girl is mixed with a prized antique, things turn deadly. A mysterious death, an antique box, and a missing girl. A cozy mystery from #1 Bestselling author Danielle Collins Henrietta Hewitt runs an antique store in Hearts Grove, Washington. In the process of collecting antiques, she comes across countless unusual items, many with a story. Some with secrets. When a missing girl is mixed with a prized antique, things turn deadly. Can Henrietta solve the mystery of the antique box and keep everyone safe? Heirlooms and Homicide is the first book in the Hearts Grove Cozy Mystery series. If you enjoy cozy mysteries with interesting characters, you don’t want to miss the Hearts Grove Cozy Mysteries. Download Heirlooms and Homicide and start solving your next mystery today! Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited


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A mysterious death, an antique box, and a missing girl. A cozy mystery from #1 Bestselling author Danielle Collins Henrietta Hewitt runs an antique store in Hearts Grove, Washington. In the process of collecting antiques, she comes across countless unusual items, many with a story. Some with secrets. When a missing girl is mixed with a prized antique, things turn deadly. A mysterious death, an antique box, and a missing girl. A cozy mystery from #1 Bestselling author Danielle Collins Henrietta Hewitt runs an antique store in Hearts Grove, Washington. In the process of collecting antiques, she comes across countless unusual items, many with a story. Some with secrets. When a missing girl is mixed with a prized antique, things turn deadly. Can Henrietta solve the mystery of the antique box and keep everyone safe? Heirlooms and Homicide is the first book in the Hearts Grove Cozy Mystery series. If you enjoy cozy mysteries with interesting characters, you don’t want to miss the Hearts Grove Cozy Mysteries. Download Heirlooms and Homicide and start solving your next mystery today! Always FREE on Kindle Unlimited

30 review for Heirlooms and Homicide

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chatting About

    The cover attracted me to this book, and the blurb sounded interesting, so I bought it. I was pleased to find this short story well-written, well-edited, and very good! The protagonist, Henrietta, is a strong leading character who thinks logically, and reminded me of amateur sleuth, Jessica Fletcher in the TV shows. Henrietta is surrounded by likeable and caring co-workers and friends. Sepia, her Siamese cat is a beautiful pet and companion. I highly recommend this book, especially if you’re loo The cover attracted me to this book, and the blurb sounded interesting, so I bought it. I was pleased to find this short story well-written, well-edited, and very good! The protagonist, Henrietta, is a strong leading character who thinks logically, and reminded me of amateur sleuth, Jessica Fletcher in the TV shows. Henrietta is surrounded by likeable and caring co-workers and friends. Sepia, her Siamese cat is a beautiful pet and companion. I highly recommend this book, especially if you’re looking for a short, fast read. I look forward to reading future books in this new series.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna

    Puzzles and secrets Awesome. A very readable story with a great plot that has a great ending. A story based on a puzzle box. If you have ever had one the satisfaction of getting in is vast, warm characters even if the main character Henri starts of as being slightly cold and aloof. As the story progresses all the characters emerge fully developed and well fleshed out. When her PI friend tells her about a girl that is being sought by her parents, her curiosity is aroused. Then when she purchases an Puzzles and secrets Awesome. A very readable story with a great plot that has a great ending. A story based on a puzzle box. If you have ever had one the satisfaction of getting in is vast, warm characters even if the main character Henri starts of as being slightly cold and aloof. As the story progresses all the characters emerge fully developed and well fleshed out. When her PI friend tells her about a girl that is being sought by her parents, her curiosity is aroused. Then when she purchases an old puzzle box at an estate sale things go into overdrive. Threats, a break in and no way to get into the box as it also has a code placed on the secret compartment. Can they find the girl? Will they be able to break the code? What is in the secret compartment? Why are the parents so intent on finding a 20 year old that left a written note for them?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tari

    This was a really quick and fun first book in a brand new series. I enjoyed getting to know the main characters, and Henrietta and her friend Ralph made quite the investigating pair, despite her protests that she wasn't going to investigate with him. There was no murder, but it was a good mystery case with a twist at the end that I didn't really see coming, some puzzles to solve and a great resolution for a nice girl named Cybil. I'm definitely interested in reading more of this series. This was a really quick and fun first book in a brand new series. I enjoyed getting to know the main characters, and Henrietta and her friend Ralph made quite the investigating pair, despite her protests that she wasn't going to investigate with him. There was no murder, but it was a good mystery case with a twist at the end that I didn't really see coming, some puzzles to solve and a great resolution for a nice girl named Cybil. I'm definitely interested in reading more of this series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Babs

    Henrietta is the owner of an antiques store and Ralph is a family friend and PI. He has a case he wants help with and even though Henri says no she helps anyway. At an auction she finds an old puzzle box and bids on it and wins at the dismay of someone else that was bidding against her. Now with threatening notes and a blueberry festive on the way she can only just move on and hope for the best. Will the missy girl Cybil have anything to do with this? A fun mystery with some twists. It wasn’t har Henrietta is the owner of an antiques store and Ralph is a family friend and PI. He has a case he wants help with and even though Henri says no she helps anyway. At an auction she finds an old puzzle box and bids on it and wins at the dismay of someone else that was bidding against her. Now with threatening notes and a blueberry festive on the way she can only just move on and hope for the best. Will the missy girl Cybil have anything to do with this? A fun mystery with some twists. It wasn’t hard to figure out what was going on and who was behind it but the guessing was part of the fun. The characters were well developed and easy to like. A fun read in this series. This is the first book I have read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Merry Chapman

    This is the first book in a very promising new series by Danielle Collins. If you are a follower of the author's other series then you know this one is going to be good. The main character is a strong willed woman named Henrietta who runs an Antique shop in Hearts Grove living above the shop. Then we have Ralph and his son who run an investigation agency who want Henrietta to work with them in the agency since Ralph keeps telling her she has incredible deductive and reasoning abilities that woul This is the first book in a very promising new series by Danielle Collins. If you are a follower of the author's other series then you know this one is going to be good. The main character is a strong willed woman named Henrietta who runs an Antique shop in Hearts Grove living above the shop. Then we have Ralph and his son who run an investigation agency who want Henrietta to work with them in the agency since Ralph keeps telling her she has incredible deductive and reasoning abilities that would really help in the investigations. And he tells her he has a case concerning a missing girl who seems to have run away from her parents and would like her help. She keeps saying no, but will she actually get involved. When she goes to an auction looking for antiques, Ralph asks to come along with her. When she finds an antique box that strikes her fancy, she bids on it against a hidden bidder she can't see. She wins the box and then the story takes off on a fast track that keeps you turning pages until the end! You just can't put this book down once you begin. I can't wait to see what Henrietta and Ralph will get themselves into next! I received and ARC but the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I liked that there is no murder. There is death, disappearances, and kidnapping. So there is lots of mystery to wonder about. I liked the characters we are introduced to, like Ralph, Henrietta, Olivia and Scott. I like the antiques and can’t wait to learn more about them. This is a great start!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Clemmie Jackson

    The puzzle box This felt like a Sunday night mystery movie to me.love the way it didn't take long to get into the plot. Peaked my interest from the beginning. The puzzle box This felt like a Sunday night mystery movie to me.love the way it didn't take long to get into the plot. Peaked my interest from the beginning.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kiki Z

    Okay, let's just get straight to the problem--this wasn't well-written at all. The homicide is only mentioned once or twice towards the end, and I don't think we're actually told if it was really a homicide or not; we're just supposed to assume it was, I think. The main mystery is a girl Henrietta's friend Ralph, a PI, is looking for. Despite claiming she doesn't want to help, she ends up helping. Her random albeit measured guesses are always correct without fail. She manages to figure out every Okay, let's just get straight to the problem--this wasn't well-written at all. The homicide is only mentioned once or twice towards the end, and I don't think we're actually told if it was really a homicide or not; we're just supposed to assume it was, I think. The main mystery is a girl Henrietta's friend Ralph, a PI, is looking for. Despite claiming she doesn't want to help, she ends up helping. Her random albeit measured guesses are always correct without fail. She manages to figure out everything easily, and she gets the girl to talk to her. And here's where the writing really fails: nothing happens. Henrietta's guesses are always right, the information is easily persuaded from people who don't need to talk to them, and the two threats that are made aren't very scary or acted on. Bottom line, there's no tension or suspense or anything to compel you to keep reading. If this story was any longer, I probably wouldn't have. To be honest, the lack of tension is probably because there's zero mystery to it. A majority of this book feels like a setup to a full plot, but no, somehow this is all that happens: Ralph is hired to track down a girl who fled home, Henrietta gets two vague threats, Henrietta and Ralph talk a lot, Scott has a crush on Henrietta's assistant, they find the girl, the girl tells them everything, the criminals are apprehended after little drama and investigation. Another reason this book feels so lackluster is the lack of non-dialogue thoughts. It might as well not be in any specific point of view because we're not privy to much of Henrietta's thought process, emotions, or anything else. The level of detachment here is pretty strong. With no strong characters, little mystery, and a hasty plot, this doesn't feel like a fully fleshed out story so much as an outline or a first draft. Although I have a set of the first three books, I won't be reading number two.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I downloaded this through Kindle Unlimited because I wanted something quick and interesting to read because I was struggling with the other books I was reading. This was a quick read but it felt like a game of "and then" at points because the author was telling us what happened with not a lot of description. The way the characters talked was over the top in places - it felt stilted which ruined it. Heirlooms and Homicide had some good ideas but the execution was lacking. If it had been a little b I downloaded this through Kindle Unlimited because I wanted something quick and interesting to read because I was struggling with the other books I was reading. This was a quick read but it felt like a game of "and then" at points because the author was telling us what happened with not a lot of description. The way the characters talked was over the top in places - it felt stilted which ruined it. Heirlooms and Homicide had some good ideas but the execution was lacking. If it had been a little bit more developed and the speech had been more realistic I would have enjoyed it a lot more. Also, where was the homicide?

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shirley K

    Heirlooms The author dumps the reader right into the story with no background of the characters. Who, what , why, and how are lacking so the whole thing is disjointed. Who is Harriet, who is Ralph? What is the relationship between them? Why does Ralph think Harriet should be a private investigator when she has a thriving antiques business? There is no way for the reader to know, nor bond with the characters. I will not read any more books by this author.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    This was an enjoyable read and the front runner to a series. I found that it was quite well paced and there were a few enjoyable twists and turns. Well written, fun read. Can't wait to get back to Heart's Grove. I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy and give my review willingly. This was an enjoyable read and the front runner to a series. I found that it was quite well paced and there were a few enjoyable twists and turns. Well written, fun read. Can't wait to get back to Heart's Grove. I received this book as an Advanced Reader Copy and give my review willingly.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Valorie Hunter

    Loved this book, WOW!!!! 10+ stars!!!! I love the characters in this book. Henrietta, Ralph and Scott really worked this mystery out. There was a con man, an evil woman that planned a kidnapping, with threats and breaking and entering without breaking or stealing anything, just leaving a very threatening note and then an email. Then there is a missing person, and a hired private investigator, and it all started going to heck!!!! YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!! I stayed up all night to finish this book Loved this book, WOW!!!! 10+ stars!!!! I love the characters in this book. Henrietta, Ralph and Scott really worked this mystery out. There was a con man, an evil woman that planned a kidnapping, with threats and breaking and entering without breaking or stealing anything, just leaving a very threatening note and then an email. Then there is a missing person, and a hired private investigator, and it all started going to heck!!!! YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!!!! I stayed up all night to finish this book. It's a new author and I love the story line, can't wait to read the next book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lonny Johnson

    4.25 Stars This is actually a kind of neat little cozy. Henrietta Hewitt is an antique dealer in Heart's Grove, Washington. She's also a detective somewhere between Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes. Like Holmes she observes and deduces; like Miss Marple she understands human nature. The book itself is a bit of a rarity, a mystery without a murder. There's a missing girl, Cybil, and a puzzle box no one knows how to open. Are they connected? What about Cybil's parents, who seem overly concerned abou 4.25 Stars This is actually a kind of neat little cozy. Henrietta Hewitt is an antique dealer in Heart's Grove, Washington. She's also a detective somewhere between Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes. Like Holmes she observes and deduces; like Miss Marple she understands human nature. The book itself is a bit of a rarity, a mystery without a murder. There's a missing girl, Cybil, and a puzzle box no one knows how to open. Are they connected? What about Cybil's parents, who seem overly concerned about an adult child? A quick and enjoyable cozy that's a bit above average, I liked it and will continue to read the series.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michele Blanchard

    For a cozy mystery book, this was okay. I didn’t think the descriptions or introductions to the characters were well written, so that it was often confusing who was who or if they were important to the story. Also, I couldn’t get over a key detail that seemed to be an error in the book. There is this puzzle box in the story that they can’t open, but then say they found the initials of the puzzle maker INSIDE the box - which gives them a clue to opening it. How can this be? If they can’t open the For a cozy mystery book, this was okay. I didn’t think the descriptions or introductions to the characters were well written, so that it was often confusing who was who or if they were important to the story. Also, I couldn’t get over a key detail that seemed to be an error in the book. There is this puzzle box in the story that they can’t open, but then say they found the initials of the puzzle maker INSIDE the box - which gives them a clue to opening it. How can this be? If they can’t open the box, how did they see the initials in the box? I don’t think I will be reading any more of this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is the first in the series and the first time reading this author. The main characters are Henrietta and Ralph. Henrietta is an antique dealer who bids on and win a puzzle box that she plans to donate to a silent auction for the Blackberry Festival and Ralph is a PI who is Henrietta's friend and is looking for a missing girl. After she gets the box she gets threatening message telling her not to sell it. She ends up tripping over the girl Ralph is looking for and it begins to look like they This is the first in the series and the first time reading this author. The main characters are Henrietta and Ralph. Henrietta is an antique dealer who bids on and win a puzzle box that she plans to donate to a silent auction for the Blackberry Festival and Ralph is a PI who is Henrietta's friend and is looking for a missing girl. After she gets the box she gets threatening message telling her not to sell it. She ends up tripping over the girl Ralph is looking for and it begins to look like they may be tied together. Can they figure this out before it's too late ?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    Good story A very easy to read cozy mystery. Very believable characters, some I loved some I wanted to slap! Started Sunday afternoon, finished Monday morning. Have never read this author before, but will continue now that O enjoyed this book so much. She catches you in the first few pages!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Merle Ellen Hilbun

    BlackBerry Festival I enjoyed this story and its setting in Northern Washington. I have visited that area and because of that it made the story come alive. It was fun trying to guess how Henrietta was coming up with the next step to finally solve the mystery. Can't wait to read number two. BlackBerry Festival I enjoyed this story and its setting in Northern Washington. I have visited that area and because of that it made the story come alive. It was fun trying to guess how Henrietta was coming up with the next step to finally solve the mystery. Can't wait to read number two.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This is the story of an antiques store owner and a unique puzzle box that she bought at auction. She decides to put it up for auction at the town's annual Blackberry festival and discovers that it is worth a lot of money. Then she starts getting threats telling her not to auction it. Thre is a missing person,break in at her shop and kidnapping. This is a great book. I recommend it to everyone. This is the story of an antiques store owner and a unique puzzle box that she bought at auction. She decides to put it up for auction at the town's annual Blackberry festival and discovers that it is worth a lot of money. Then she starts getting threats telling her not to auction it. Thre is a missing person,break in at her shop and kidnapping. This is a great book. I recommend it to everyone.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Markus

    A hint of Sherlock Holmes and Watson A very intiguing mystery involving an antique shop owner and a newly acquired puzzle box, a missing girl and a private investigator. Henrietta uses her common sense and intuition to unlock the secret held by the puzzle box.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy J. Barkell

    Enjoyable cozy This was a cute and enjoyable book for an afternoon or evening reading. Although it was a short novel, the puzzle was nice. The book also had NO misspelled words or incorrect usage. That in itself earns it stars. Looking forward to the next.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Virginia Bast

    Very good Lots of twists and turns. I like the main characters Henrietta and Ralph. I think deep down they care for one another. Maybe in time the relationship will grow. I never considered that Cybil father and stepmother could be so cruel. Looking forward to next book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Holm

    Heirlooms and Homicide..book1 This was a delightful story with lots of action...loved the characters and the location...well written...I am looking forward to reading more from this author❤️

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    Great read Henrietta is not your average antique store owner. When she acquires an antique puzzle box, it brings with it quite the mystery. This enjoyable book introduces us to Henrietta as well as her friends, all of whom I feel sure we will get to know better in books to come.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carolann Hiller

    The truth is hidden It all begins with an auction and a puzzle box. Henrietta and Ralph try to find runaway but find out that she's tied to the puzzle boxes history. Somebody wants the box and threatens Henrietta. Great series. The truth is hidden It all begins with an auction and a puzzle box. Henrietta and Ralph try to find runaway but find out that she's tied to the puzzle boxes history. Somebody wants the box and threatens Henrietta. Great series.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Martin

    Delightful read! Fun light reading and Thoroughly enjoyed the first in this series! Cross between Ms Marple and Jessica Fletcher with a bit of sassiness on the side. Looking forward to reading the next instalments!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tracey North

    Enjoyable read This was a fun book to read. I enjoyed the plot and the characters. The puzzle box was a nice surprise. I will be adding the rest of the series to my collection.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Himbarger

    Great book I'm so glad I found this author. Not a typical mystery novel, which is a good thing. Interesting story and great characters. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Highly recommend this book. Great book I'm so glad I found this author. Not a typical mystery novel, which is a good thing. Interesting story and great characters. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Highly recommend this book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amary Chapman

    Enjoyable Henrietta runs a vintage store and aids Ralph, a friend and private investigator when he comes to her. Her unique way of looking at things helps him find the answers he seeks easier.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Nice start to a... New series. Ms. Collins has written well developed characters that are believable and fun. The plot was somewhat predictable and did not have a lot twists or turns but it was sufficient to keep me interested.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Malenius

    Cozy indeed The mysteries of who and what were attention getting. The characters are likeable. Henrietta is a bit of antique mannerisms. There is the absence of romance, albeit a hint of possible romance. I liked that as many mysteries have too much emphasis on romance.

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